|first #HYTTManila teachers and students|
I must admit that I wasn't too sure if I would've lasted the training program - i.e. commit to attend all ten weekends plus keep up with my co-TTs who are younger :-).
Well, I'm happy to write that all twelve of us - Anne, Anthony, Bot, Carina, Chi (the youngest at 22), Edel, Ian, Janina, Jayme, Michelle, Sheila - survived! That's a total of 200-hours training from February 1 to April 6.
|trying to complete the required 40-classes before graduation|
Amazingly, we managed to juggle our time between our work load, studying and practicing. Hats off especially to Jayme who was nursing her 4-month old baby and working at the same time. And thankfully, we all passed the written exam and the peer class which served as our oral exam.
|Anatomy class with Dr. JP Prado|
The practice was founded in 2002 by Benjaporn Karoon Kornsakul. The philosophy is simple - according to Lucas Rockwood, one of the major proponents of Absolute, "Absolute teaches yoga as a form of mind-body fitness as a way to get in great shape and practice moving meditation."
|Ryan, Dinah and Aisa|
The lead teachers of the first #HYTT were Dinah (head), Aisa Locsin-Winternitz and Ryan Chester. And the subject matter experts were Lucas (who via Skype), Pio Baquiran and Dr. JP Prado.
|lab work updates on instagram|
Our training sessions typically looked like this:
6:30 - 8:30 Morning Practice
8:30 - 9:30 Breakfast Break
9:30 - 12:30 Module / PT
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 - 3:30 Module / Lab
3:30 - 4:00 Break
400 - 6:00 Module / Afternoon Practice
The sessions focused on practice teaching (PT) and clinics to discuss each of the poses in the series. The subject matter experts - History, Philosophy, Ethics, Nutrition, Anatomy were included in between modules.
|Group shot (photo credit: Edelweiss Tubog)|
|all twelve of us with our certificates|
Right now, we're all slotted in the current class offerings at Yoga+. I'm teaching at Yoga+'s Ortigas Branch every Tuesdays at 6:30am and do private classes as well. Here's a compilation of the photos I took throughout the 10 weeks. Click here to view. Happy viewing!